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UC Santa Barbara Sweeps 2008 Big West Swimming & Diving Championship

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2/23/2008

The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos dominated the Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool this week, setting eight meet records and sweeping the 2008 Big West Swimming & Diving Championships. Scoring 856 points, the men's team captured their 26th title, third in the past five years (04, 06), while the women's team was crowned conference champion for the third straight season, 11th overall, after tallying 926 points.

UC Santa Barbara's point total easily outdistanced the second place UC Davis who collected 674 tallies. Third place was awarded to UC Irvine (624) with Pacific coming in fourth with 546 points. Cal Poly (386) and Cal State Northridge (257) rounded out the men's standings. On the women's side, the Gauchos were followed by UC Irvine with 655 points, followed be UC Davis (610) and Pacific (575) coming in third and fourth, respectively. Cal Poly checked in at fifth with 417 points and 188 closed out the women's final standings.

Over the course of four days, UC Santa Barbara and UC Irvine combined for 14 broken records. The Gauchos set eight championship records, while the Anteaters, led by Lyndsay DePaul's three record-setting performances, posted six new top times.

The final day of action opened with the swimmer's version of the marathon, the 1650 freestyle. On the women's side, Pacific's KC Albiston went the distance with a mark of 17:03.15 to earn a first place finish. Gaucho Lindsay Gaudinier swam the second-fastest time at 17:14.08 and UC Irvine's Ann Tsuchiya pulled in a third place victory for the Anteaters at 17:14.30. On the men's side, the Mustangs of Cal Poly picked up it first victory of the four-day meet as Matt Waggoner touched the wall at 15:23.57, besting second place Brooks Felton by over seven seconds. After earning first place victories in both the 500 and 1000 free, Felton clocked in a second-best time of 15:30.82. Following close behind in third place was UC Davis' Alex Arbios (15:32.98).

One of the more impressive records of the four-day championship came in tonight's women's 200 breaststroke in which UC Santa Barbara's Katy Freeman shattered both the meet and conference record with an explosive time of 2:10.89. She shaved over three seconds off the previous meet record of Cal State Northridge's 2:14.16 set in 2001 and bested the conference record of 2:13.63 set this season by Gaucho Sara Nicponski. Earlier in the week, Freeman demolished the meet record in the 100 breaststroke. Nicponski (2:14.53) placed second and UC Davis' Heidi Kucera finished third (2:16.87).

A time of 2:00.55 earned Tiger David Dunn the first-place prize in the men's 200 breaststroke. Cal Poly's Carter Richard inched his way to second place with a mark of 2:02.14 and Gaucho Daniel Nyaradi recorded the third-fastest at 2:02.15.

Pacific's Jun Huang took first place in the 200 backstroke, posting a top time of 1:57.88. She led a trio of Gauchos that finished second through fourth place. Jessica Cruzat grabbed second with a mark of 1:59.00, while Katherine Ure clocked a third-place time of 2:02.56 and Elizabeth Wagner held the fourth slot at 2:03.56. UC Santa Barbara's Christopher Good won the top prize on the men's side, finishing with a time of 1:47.13. At 1:47.92, Peter Kline chalked up a second place finish for the Mustangs and Pacific's Wojciech Betlej posted the third-fastest time at 1:48.53.

Gaucho Anne Marie May continued to make her presence felt in the sprints, taking home top honors in the 100 freestyle with a mark of 49.71. Teammate Courtney Bauer earned a second place victory, swimming a time of 50.16, while Tiger Jennifer Lewis placed third (50.67). On the men's side, UCSB's Bradley Matsumoto followed up his record-setting performance in the 50 freestyle with a first place finish in the 100 free. He led fellow Gauchos, Scott Vogelgesang and Daniel Morris, with a mark of 43.89. Vogelgesang finished second at 44.30 and Morris slid into the third slot in a time of 44.91.

The 200 women's butterfly was won by UC Irvine's Lyndsay DePaul in a time of 1:57.52. The 200 fly marked DePaul's third victory of the championship, which includes two record-setting performances in the 500 freestyle and 400 IM. DePaul also set a new meet record in the 200 free after a powerful showing in the leadoff leg of the 800 free relay. DePaul was followed by Cal Poly's Gloria Benefield (2:00.65) and UC Santa Barbara's Erin Yamamoto (2:00.97).

Anteater teammate Eddie Erazo electricfied in the men's 200 butterfly, breaking his previous meet record with a time of 1:43.82. This marked Erazo's second meet record, after setting a top time in the 100 backstroke Friday evening. UC Santa Barbara finished two-three with Matt Bartlett posting a time of 1:45.75 and Daniel McClary finishing at 1:48.46.

Despite walking away with the championship, the UC Santa Barbara men's team closed out the evening with a disqualification in the final event of the championship, the 400 freestyle relay. With the Gauchos' second leg getting an early, first place was awarded to UC Irvine's team of Nathan Rogers, Eddie Erazo, Garrett Thompson and Will Wollam, who posted a time of 3:01.98. The Gauchos women's team, consisting of Bauer, Nadia Dwidar, Yamamoto and May, ended the evening on a high note as they clinched the 400 free relay (3:20.56).

Coming off a victory in the 3-meter dive, UC Irvine's Jackie Jones collected her second top honor of the meet after receiving 272.75 points in the 1-meter dive competition. Jones ends her career at UC Irvine as a four-time champion in the 3-meter dive and a two-time champion in the 1-meter. Teammate Rachel Pearson followed in second place with 240.65 points and UC Davis' Jamie Flynn locked down the third slot, totalling 226.35.

In the men's 3-meter dive, an Anteater trio consisting of Miles Smith and brothers Eric and Patrick Nugent secured the top three spots on the podium with Smith leading the way with 321.50 points. Eric scored 280.45 to earn second place and Patrick rounded out the top three with a score of 268.80.

Men's Final Scores
UC Santa Barbara - 856
UC Davis - 674
UC Irvine - 624
Pacific - 546
Cal Poly - 386
Cal State Northridge - 257

Women's Final Scores
UC Santa Barbara - 926
UC Irvine - 655
UC Davis - 610
Pacific - 575
Cal Poly - 417
Cal State Northridge - 188

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